International Desk: Thousands of people took to the streets to protest in many parts of the country over the release of Alexei Navleni, the greatest critic of President Vladimir Putin in Russia. During this time, the police arrested about three thousand protesters, but despite the temperature below zero to 50 degree Celsius in many places, people remained on the streets to protest. Those detained also include Alexei Navleni's wife, Yulia Navalnya, who was demonstrating in Moscow for the release of her husband.
Navalny was arrested at the airport on 17 January when he returned to Moscow from Germany. He was undergoing treatment in Germany for five months. He has accused the Russian government of poisoning him. Demonstrations across the country for the release of Navellani are considered to be the biggest protests against President Putin in recent years. Around 90 rallies were held in several cities of Russia. There were also cases of violence in some areas, including Moscow and St. Petersburg, due to confrontation between protesters and police.
While Russian police arrested more than 2 thousand people, force was also used to stop the rallies. People are also demonstrating in the Siberian city of Yakutsk in the minus 50 degree Celsius cold. Officials say his stay in Germany violated the terms of a suspended sentence in a criminal case, while Navellany says his arrest is illegal. He is to appear in court in early February when a decision will be taken on his sentence.
Know what is the matter and who is Navleni?
Navalny is an anti-corruption campaigner and considered to be Russia's biggest opponent of President Vladimir Putin. He tried to contest the presidential election against Vladimir Putin in 2018, but was convicted on one charge and failed to contest. In August last year, 44-year-old Navalny was attacked by a nerve agent. He directly accused President Putin of this. The Russian government denied these allegations. Navalny arrived in Russia for the first time since being poisoned and was arrested.